You voted, and this week's Corps Top Shot comes from Cpl. Reece Lodder. Lodder shot this photo on an early morning security patrol with Marines from 4th Platoon, Kilo Company, 3/3, and Afghan National Police. Lodder had taken some typical patrol photos that day, but saw this scene unfold and loved the contrast between the size of the Marine and kids, and contrast in clothing. "I think the photo I made resonates with fans because it's a candid glimpse into the world that Marines like Kartchner see so often, but one that so few people can relate to except through photos and experiences shared by service members they know," Lodder said. "The moment is so regular to those who see it everyday, but it's a window into a vastly different world for those who haven't had the opportunity to experience it."
Afghan children walk alongside Lance Cpl. Jacob Kartchner, a team
leader with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 28-year-old native
of Long Beach, Calif., in the hopes of receiving candy from Kartchner
as he patrols with fellow Marines and Afghan National Police outside
the Hazar Joft Bazaar here, April 8, 2012. On the patrol, the Kilo Co.
Marines partnered with members of the ANP to maintain security in and
around the bazaar, one of the busiest commercial centers in Helmand
province's Garmsir district. Their partnership is a vital part of
preparing the Afghan National Security Forces to assume lead security
responsibility in Garmsir.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder)